Are you ready for the beach?
If you frequent a specific location like the beach, pool, or gym, dedicate a specific bag for it. The easiest thing is to keep it packed and ready to grab and go. When you return, simply wash and replace the items so that the bag is ready for your next outing.
If there are items that you do not use exclusively for this outing, such as your sunglasses, you can create a Checklist for the bag. Before you head out, run down the Checklist to ensure that you have what you need. Keep the Checklist in the bag and re-use it each time you go.
Are you headed on a trip?
Consider folding your clothes and packing them vertically in your suitcase just as you could in a drawer. I know that this may sound crazy if you’ve never tried it before. I was very skeptical as I had always used the “unfold and flatten everything” type of packing in the past. However, I decided to give it a try, and now I actually prefer it! I am amazed that I can easily fit just as much in my suitcase.
According to Marie Kondo's KonMari Method™ for organizing, the best way to pack a suitcase is to keep items vertical, compartmentalized, and easy-to-see. By packing this way, you can remove or add articles of clothing without ruining the rest. You can also see everything at a glance when you open the suitcase.
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Spring has arrived! ...and perhaps with it the desire to get your house in order. For me, I feel a pull to clean the windows as well as the baseboards in my house. It makes such a difference when I’m done! I love sparkly-clean windows!
If your cleaning supplies are tidy, it makes cleaning much easier and enjoyable!
I have a set of cleaning cloths that I keep organized in a drawer. I fold them and store them vertically in a shoebox so that I can easily see them and grab what I need without disturbing the rest. Storing items vertically is a key element in the KonMari Method™. Because it brings me joy every time I open the drawer, I also put them in color order! This is obviously not necessary; do what works best for you!
Some things to consider about your cleaning supplies:
1. Do you know where your cleaning supplies are?
You have two options: Keep them all in one spot. Or keep them where they are needed. Be careful with the latter... Marie Kondo recommends keeping all of one category stored in one location. The caveat would be an example such as the bathrooms: it may be easier to have a set of cleaning supplies in each bathroom for easy access during cleaning. Again, do what's right for you.
2. Do you have what you need?
Make a list and get any necessary supplies.
3. Do you have extra, old, or expired products?
Make sure to dispose of them safely.
What tips and tricks do you have for organizing your cleaning supplies?
My name is Laura, and I love all things organizing!